Seeking to fulfill a higher calling, the Rev. Dr. Kelvin T. Calloway, Sr., announced his candidacy for bishop in the A.M.E. Church in 2016.
His campaign kick-off worship service is on Sunday, January 26, at 4 p.m., at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 7900 Western Avenue in Los Angeles. Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Sr., presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church, will deliver the sermon.
Currently the senior pastor of Bethel, Dr. Calloway believes God has equipped him to serve at the episcopal level.
“God’s call upon my life to episcopal ministry is as strong as ever. With more than thirty years of ministry in rural, urban, and suburban settings in Alabama, Kansas and California, I believe that God has uniquely prepared me to help lead our church into a season of growth and greater reach in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” he declared.
Dr. Calloway, who is the senior candidate in the Fifth District, has an extensive record of academic and business achievements. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business administration, two Master of Divinity degrees and a Doctor of Ministry degree.
He is also the president of Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches, an Assistant Professor of Preaching and Ethics at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO, and a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Last Acts Campaign sponsored by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. In addition, he established successful economic development nonprofits while serving at Bethel and at previous churches.
Counting the late Bishop H. Hartford Brookins and Bishop Kirkland as his mentors, Dr. Calloway credits them with shaping his viewpoint of episcopal ministry.
“Bishop Brookins' ministries of social justice and economic development and
Bishop Kirkland's ministry of spiritual empowerment through dynamic worship and relevant preaching captures the spirit of John Wesley's (the founder of Methodism) idea of the itinerant ministry,” said Dr. Calloway.
“I offer the church leadership that reconnects with the traditions of our past, rebuilds the legacy of our present, and reclaims the destiny of our divinely ordained future,” he insisted.
“I envision the Episcopacy to be a conduit for the restoration of mutual aid and self-help, and provide spiritual and fiscal resources to the local church through Episcopal District ministries for spreading the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ.”
For information on the campaign, visit allthewaywithcalloway.com.